Senior Travel to Tahiti

Jun 15th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors, Tahiti awaits you. Every bit as seductive as the desert island of your imagination, it was Captain Cook’s gateway to French Polynesia.  No amount of hyperbole about jagged volcanic peaks rising above lusciously green rainforest and powder-soft beaches lapped by crystal-clear lagoons can do justice to the beauty of this island.

Live your Polynesian dream eating coconutty poisson cru in Papeete, splashing in Moorea’s technicolor reefs and working on your Tahitian tan on the castaway bay of your choice.  Senior Bliss. The Islands of Tahiti are a world apart from all other tropical island vacations.

Tahitians are French citizens with complete civil and political rights and French is the official language. Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is the economic, cultural and political centre of French Polynesia. The island was formed from volcanic activity and is high and mountainous with surrounding coral reefs. It is the most populous island of French Polynesia. The Islands of Tahiti are a world apart from all other tropical island vacations.

Tourism is a significant industry, mostly for the islands of Bora Bora and Moorea.  Bora Bora is nicknamed “the Pearl of the Pacific” mostly because of its magnificent lagoon. The water colors are not only amazing, but the vegetation is striking.  Driving around the island usually takes about an hour. Although some people prefer to cruise, Bora Bora is usually reached by plane from the Faa’a International Airport or the other local airports of the different islands. The main island is surrounded by islets where some of the luxurious hotels are located.

The capital, Papeete, is located on the northwest coast with the only international airport in the region. The urban area of Papeete has a total population around 130,000 inhabitants.  Papeete , meaning the water basket,  was once a gathering place where Tahitians came to fill their calabashes with fresh waters.  Now the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.

The mountainous interior is adorned with deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in green iridescence of mother nature’s light. The coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island’s population. “Tahiti in Seven Minutes” provides a nice overview of this island paradise.

Tahiti is a festive island of moonlight mai tais and the rhythmic drumming and hip-wiggling of traditional Polynesian dance. Much more than a group of islands, Tahiti is a wonderful state of mind for seniors… seducing romantics, vacationers, and those seeking a tranquil escape. Islands truly beyond the ordinary, with so many experiences that, when blended together, create an incentive destination unique in the world.  Tahitian hosts are known for their beauty, warmth, hospitality, and easy nature. The island culture is best experienced through music and dance. Passionate and powerful, these colorful performances are a breathtaking highlight for every senior visitor.

The flight time to Tahiti from Los Angeles is under 8 hours and just over 12 hours from New York.  Located in the same time zone as Hawaii, seniors are pleasantly surprised that they are not on the other side of the world but only 2 hours behind the West coast and 5 hours behind the East coast (one hour more April to late October).  Tahiti is easy to reach with daily non-stops from Los Angeles (LAX) and one weekly nonstop from Honolulu.  Airlines are: Air Tahiti Nui, Air New Zealand, Air France from Los Angeles and Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu. So work on a few phrases in French, consider bring home a black pearl or two and do enjoy Tahiti. jeb



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